A Liberal And Rush In Agreement?
December 22, 2008 at 5:37 AM (PT)
JON SINTON, the founding President of AIR AMERICA RADIO, may be suprising lots of liberals with his article in THE WALL STREET JOURNAL. He agrees with RUSH LIMBAUGH on something. He writes:
Conservative talk radio has worked itself into a tizzy lately over the rumored revival of the Fairness Doctrine -- the FCC policy that sought to enforce balanced discussion on the nation's airwaves.
As the founding president of AIR AMERICA RADIO, I believe that for the last eight years RUSH LIMBAUGH and his ilk have been cheerleaders for everything wrong with our economic, foreign and domestic policies. But when it comes to the Fairness Doctrine, I couldn't agree with them more. The Fairness Doctrine is an anachronistic policy that, with the abundance of choices on radio today, is entirely unnecessary.
The conventional wisdom is that RUSH's success depended on the 1987 repeal of the Fairness Doctrine. Some say that if he had to make time for opposing opinions, RUSH would have flopped. Personally, I think he is most entertaining when he is dismantling opposing arguments. He's successful because he is a superior entertainer.
Read the full op ed piece here.